NAB arrests government officer over corruption case

NAB arrests government officer over corruption case

ISLAMABAD: (APP) National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Rawalpindi arrested Ayaz Ali Khan s/o Muhammad Ali Khan, Deputy Drugs Controller, Health Department, Punjab, presently on deportation as Chief Operating Officer, Pakistan Drugs Testing and Research Center in mega corruption drug case.

The accused person gave wrongful financial benefits to the pharmaceutical companies/firms in the shape of illegal price increase of their drugs causing loss to public at large to the tune of about Rs. 441.8 million

As per detail, Ayaz Ali Khan had been found involved in commission of offences, corruption and corrupt practices as he being member of 5th DPC meeting in connivance with other members and beneficiaries knowingly and dishonestly had given undue and illegal price increase to certain drugs in violation of Drug Act and rules/regulations, without asking for relevant current import invoices of the raw material/finished drugs and costing data on prescribed Performa.

In some cases, he in connivance with other members even gave illegal price increase on incomplete/incorrect costing data/inflated import invoices of raw material and finished drugs as the data submitted by the Pharmaceutical companies/firms was not even verified/checked while granting price increase.

Moreover, he in connivance with other members and beneficiaries did not even analyze/evaluate data submitted by the pharmaceutical companies/firms in the light of rules and regulations while granting price increase.

That the above mentioned accused, in connivance with other accused persons, by misusing his authority extended undue and illegal financial benefits to the pharmaceuticals companies/firms, who submitted incomplete/incorrect/inflated costing data, in the shape of illegal and unjustified increase of their drugs prices.

As per report of the Investigation Officer Saleem Khan, in the same mega scam, NAB had already arrested 12 accused persons namely Dr. Muhammad Ali (the then Secretary cum Member Drugs Pricing Committee), former member pricing (BPS-21) DRAP, Ahsan Feroze, Arif Aziz Akhai, Amir Saddique, Saif-ur-Rehman and Khalil-ur-Rehman, Rizwan Umer and Muqtadir M. A. Javaid and others.

In this case, 12 accused persons were arrested but released by the Accountability Court after payment of their liability of Rs. 705.466 million.

The accused was produced before the Judge Accountability Court, Islamabad.

The Accountability Court granted six days for physical remand into NAB custody for investigation.